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1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue
1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue, Goya was well-known for it's acoustic guitars, produced by Levin in Sweden; but in the mid 1960s they added a number of Italian-built electric guitars and basses. Semi-acoustic models such as the 105, 107 and 109 Rangemaster guitars and Panther II bass were made by Polverini, whilst solid body models 116 and 118 were made by Galanti. These were well-built good quality instruments, but perhaps too expensive to sell in large numbers.
1965 Vox Ace electric guitar
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1966 Kalamazoo KB-1
Solid-body electric bass guitar

Kalamazoo KB bass main page | 1966 Kalamazoo KB1 (Mustang) | 1967 Kalamazoo KB1 (SG) | sound clips

1966 Kalamazoo KG2A
1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 (Mustang style)

Model 1966 Kalamazoo KB
Pickup One Gibson EB bass humbucker.
Scale 30 1/2"
Body Masonite body. 16 1/2" long, 11 1/2" wide, 1 1/4" thick. Overall length 43"
Neck Maple bolt-on neck with adjustable truss rod, 20 frets. Width at nut 1 3/4"
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control. Gibson bar bridge Gibson hand rest, Japanese closed-gear tuners
Weight 4.04 kg

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The Kalamazoo KB bass guitar was shipped from 1966, up until 1969. This vintage Kalamazoo bass comes from the first year of production, 1966 and has the offset Fender Mustang body style. This changed to the more familiar SG style towards the end of the decade. See a 1967 SG-styled KB1 bass.

Despite having almost identical hardware, the 1966 US zone 1 price for the Kalamazoo KB1 bass was $119.50, compared to $240 for the equivalent Gibson EB-O. The bodies were produced out of Masonite by a third party manufacturer in Wisconsin, and there was no skilled assembly required. Gibson had taken a leaf out of Fender's book in producing a bass that could be bolted together in a very short time by unskilled labour. They were produced at Gibsons plant II (416E Ransom street, rather than the main plant, 225 Parsons street) which was where pickups and electronics were produced.

The combination of cheap price, and quality Gibson components made these popular guitars, selling well in 1966 and 1967. White was by far the best selling colour of 1966 (see Kalamazoo KB bass shipping stats); this bass is one of 1347 white KB basses shipped that year.

Be sure to listen to the Kalamazoo KB bass soundclips here.

Kalamazoo KB bass humbucking pickup Kalamazoo KB bass bridge Kalamazoo KB bass handrest
The Kalamazoo KB basses are fitted with a Gibson EB bass humbucker, mounted onto the scratchplate. This is of course the same pickup that gives the EB-O and EB-3 basses their characteristic, 'fat' sound. The bar bridge is the same type as used on slightly older Gibson EB basses. A very simple metal bar wrapped around two screwed in posts. The handrest is another Gibson EB bass part that was coming to the end of it's life on the Gibson branded models.
Kalamazoo KB bass volume and tone control Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - front view Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - rear view
One volume and one tone control. The Kalamazoo KB bass headstock Kalamazoo KB bass reverse headstock detail, with closed gear tuners
Kalamazoo KB bass reverse body detail Kalamazoo KB bass body with no components
Reverse body view; bolt-on neck with neckplate The unassembled Klamazoo KB bass body

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1966 USA KALAMAZOO BASS GUITAR NECK FLAMED MAPLE w SLAB ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD

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